A HEADLINE INSTEAD OF A BYLINE: Former Journal editor Wendy Coomber cuts the cake at her retirement party at the Legion last Friday. Some three dozen friends and co-workers dropped by to wish her well.

A HEADLINE INSTEAD OF A BYLINE: Former Journal editor Wendy Coomber cuts the cake at her retirement party at the Legion last Friday. Some three dozen friends and co-workers dropped by to wish her well.

Longtime ‘Journal’ editor ready for retirement

After 14 years at 'The Journal", Wendy Coomber is starting a new life of leisure.

Terry Daniels

Publisher, The Journal

After a career in journalism spanning nearly 40 years, Wendy Coomber has retired. Nearly 14 of those years were spent as editor of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal, and she says that she’s going to miss being a part of the paper. She is, however, looking forward to doing “non-newspapery things”, such as gardening, quilting, and being out and about with her brand new camera taking leisurely walks and lots of photos. All of us at The Journal wish her a very happy retirement.

Her position is being taken by Barbara Roden, who has been editing the paper during Wendy’s summer vacations since 2012. Barbara’s bi-weekly “Past, Present & Beyond” history pieces have been appearing since September 2012, and for two months in 2015 she edited The Caledonia Courier newspaper in Fort St. James. She trained as a journalist, receiving a diploma in journalism from Kwantlen College in 1985, and is happy to be coming back to her first love.

“I intended to be a journalist, way back in 1985, but life didn’t work out that way,” she says. “I’m glad to finally have the chance to do what I want to do. And being part of a paper as important historically as The Journal is a dream come true.”

We’re excited to have Barbara Roden as editor of The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal, and are looking forward to working with her.